FOTD: Birds of a Feather…

I decided to keep a pair of the feathered lashes that I hauled during my last beauty supply run. They’re store brand lashes… and only about 2 dollars a pair. So I really wanted to know if they performed as well as their higher end (Make Up For Ever) counterpart:

They are VERY light. I love that, because there’s nothing more uncomfortable than heavy lashes. Sometimes, companies get so caught up in making the lashes fabulous, that they don’t account for the fact that people have to actually WEAR them (I’m looking at you Illamasqua). But these wear with only slight discomfort, which I’m sure will be a consolation for the model who eventually has to wear a  pair for me.

My right eye and left eye photograph differently. I have no idea why. They appear to be symmetrical… but hey, I might be wrong. The left lashes flipped ‘up’ a bit more in the photo for me, which I liked. On the entire face, both lashes looked about the same:

I kept on the Maybelline Fit Me foundation, and just added MAC Smolder Eyeliner, NARS Blush in Luster, and Make Up For Ever’s lip pencil in 4C (lined and filled on the lips)

I love these lashes. I’m sure that I’ll go back for more. They’re inexpensive, they wear well, and look adorable to boot.

MatchMaker: Maybelline Fit Me Foundation

You guys know it’s a rare day when I traipse through the aisles of the local drug store in search of makeup… especially foundation. I haven’t really found a drugstore foundation that performed for me on the same level as its luxury counterparts, in terms of formula, color selection, and performance…

I was hesitant to believe the hype about Maybelline’s new ‘Fit Me’ Foundation. Especially because it’s impossible to know if a foundation is a perfect match, unless you try it on. That’s my other issue with drugstore makeup… you can’t try it before you buy it.

Fortunately, I’m pretty good at spotting my color. So on my last trip to Target, I picked up the foundation in color 320. It looked like a pretty close match to my skin tone.

This is the swatch on my inner arm, which is about a half shade lighter than my face. I guessed at the color in the store, and swatched it when I got home. To my relief, it was a match.

I applied it with my fingers, and found the coverage sheer to medium. It’s buildable, but stays at a solid medium coverage. I tried later with a foundation brush, and got a slightly fuller coverage. But it’s not going to cover ‘everything.’

It also doesn’t really set on my oily skin. I had to powder to get it to set properly. This foundation  might be better suited to normal to dry skin types. Once on, the foundation got a little ‘tacky’ – I imagine that’s its reaction to my oily skin. If I wore this for a long period of time, I’d likely prime my skin first to make sure the foundation stayed on.

What I like about this foundation is the color match, the consistency (even though it’s oil based, it feels water based. Very light), and the ‘skin-like’ finish. I also like the fact that this foundation line accounts for undertones. They range from pink to nearly orange… so hopefully, there’s a ‘fit’ for a wide range of skintones.

What I don’t like about this foundation is the lack of pump… but for 7 dollars I’m not going to really complain that much. I also don’t like the fact that it didn’t set for me without help. I can potentially see this foundation sliding off my skin without a primer or a powder to keep it there. In the foundation’s defense, I’m VERY oily… so keep that in mind. If you don’t have a problem with high oil production like I do, you probably won’t have an issue keeping this foundation on.

Overall, it’s a good buy. For color match and performance, you can’t beat the price. I recommend it for people who don’t need to match their foundations ahead of time (those folks who can spot their color-match on sight), for those who don’t wish to spend a lot of $$ on foundation, and for those with normal to dry skin.

Kudos to Maybelline. They did good with this one.